Amnesty International on Strike

A number of employees of Amnesty International, the human rights NGO, went on strike yesterday over the threat of job losses.

Let us examine how this strike affected the human rights situation yesterday:

– The Syrian government continued to murder the population of its country.

– There were still inmates being held in Guantanamo Bay, about some of whom even the prosecution agrees that they should be freed.

– A Nobel Peace Prize winner was still in jail in China, and he was by far not the only political prisoner there. Yet China is one of our bigger trading partners.

– In dozens of countries, among them the country from which we get most of our oil, half of the population still had considerably fewer rights than the other half.

– After the collapse of Iran’s Green Movement after a few weeks of protest in 2009, there is no reason for optimism regarding next year’s Presidential elections in Iran.

– and so on

But don’t worry, people of China, Iran, Syria, Cuba and Tibet, tomorrow the people at Amnesty International will return to work and everything will be fine again. – Wait. It won’t? You mean there won’t be any change? No improvement in your situation at all irrespective of whether the folks at Amnesty International write reports, attend conferences and “strongly condemn”?

Well, then we should say thanks to the striking employees of Amnesty International because they have finally revealed that in reality, all of Amnesty International has been on strike for years.

(I know that criticism is cheap, but I will soon reveal my plans for a new and really efficient human rights NGO. Stay tuned.)

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About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a journalist, a spy or a hobo.
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11 Responses to Amnesty International on Strike

  1. Robert Spiegel says:

    With parted lips and bated breath I await your plan.

  2. I’m very interested in your plans for a more efficient human rights organization. In my opinion that seems to be a very difficult task. The problem of these organizations is that their only “weapon” is their voice. But how can you change that? They must have the possibility to sanction nations who violate human rights, which have only governments nowadays. But how can they do this?

  3. So tell me, just how badly do your work conditions have to suck, that you turn to strikes? I mean, if ever there were a growth market for policing human rights’ violations, this has GOT to be it!

  4. Garry says:

    Man… talk about an unsubstantiated cheap shot! Good luck pal, we would all hope you create something with an iota of the credibility and impact of one of the world’s largest human rights organsations.

  5. “A new and really efficient human rights NGO?” Can’t wait Andreas!

  6. g says:

    I have an friend that work in a NGO in Washington and all he ever talks about is his pay the benefits and his crappy work conditions.

    • That’s exactly my experience with people who work for human rights organisations or the UN. A lot of talk about pay, benefits, holidays. Nobody really seems to care about the content of their work.

  7. Erica says:

    The strike is intended to bring about greater transparency and integrity to management decisions – goals, which, if achieved, would help AI help people in need. It is laudable when people have the courage to stand up against wrongs, especially when not popular or safe to do so. Just because NGO workers are better off than some doesn’t mean they shouldn’t want better too.

    • I don’t think it requires particular courage to sit in an office in London and write reports. I don’t think it’s not popular (especially with young graduates) or not safe.

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